Grindstone Campground
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Welcome to Grindstone Campground

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
3714 Highway 16
Marion Virginia, 24354

Grindstone Campground is a large campsite nestled in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Grindstone is in Fairwood Valley, with pastures and wooded hillsides. The valley is known for outstanding trout fishing in Fox Creek. This site offers shower facilities, flush toilets, drinking water, dump station, swimming area, and an amphitheater. Interpretive programs are offered seasonally and two hiking trails that interconnect with other area trails can be accessed from this site. It is approximately 6.0 miles along the Mount Rogers Trail to Virginia's highest peak. The Whispering Waters Trail is a short 0.6-mile loop that meanders through moist, mixed deciduous woodlands. In the woodlands surrounding this campground, especially along the trails, are ample opportunities to see wildlife. Visitors may find several kinds of warblers, least flycatcher, wood thrush, and along the creek, Louisiana waterthrush. During migration, this area can be filled with songbird activity. These moist woodlands and creeks are also wonderful places to spy other wildlife. Yellow-bellied sapsucker nest within the campground area. Salamander diversity can be amazing here; look for black-bellied, mountain dusky, northern spring, and red-backed salamanders. The campground trails are popular among naturalists who enjoy spending their days hiking the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area trails. While this is a large campsite, accommodating up to 100 families, reservations should be made in advance.

From I-81 southbound take exit 45 at Marion onto State Route 16 south. Follow SR 16 for 17 miles; turn right onto SR 603 at Troutdale, and proceed west for approximately 6 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

From I-81 northbound take exit 35 at Chilhowie, turn right onto SR 742 which turns into SR 600. After crossing Iron Mountain, turn left onto SR 603 and drive approximately 3 miles; turn right into Grindstone entrance. (This exit not recommended for trailers.)

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Dates Open: April 15 - November 28

Phone: (540) 783-5196
Toll Free: (800) 628-7202


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